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Carrigan will play two collegiate sports

Brooke Carrigan did a lot of thinking and rethinking about her collegiateathletic career.

The recent North Medford High graduate bounced back and forth betweenbasketball and volleyball, not wanting to give up either sport.

Finally, Carrigan found a place she could play both ­ at DivisionII Colorado Christian University outside Denver.

It was so hard for me to decide, because they are two completelydifferent sports, Carrigan says. I had so much fun playing both,I couldn't choose.

It caused a lot of problems. I had opportunities to play (NCAA)Division I volleyball, but the coaches said I couldn't play basketball.The opportunity for Division I basketball came and went.

In the end, everything fit together just right.

I'm going to get an opportunity to play both, and so I'm real excited,she says. If I went somewhere to play volleyball, I knew I would playbasketball. But if I had to give up one, it would've been volleyball.

It's been a while since Carrigan spiked a volleyball.

With things like the State-Metro basketball series and a summer job atCostco occupying her time, there hasn't been much time to step on the court.

Nevertheless, Carrigan is gearing up for this weekend's Oregon CoachesAssociation all-star volleyball matches with great anticipation.

I can go and have fun playing volleyball after sitting out fora while, says Carrigan, a two-time Southern Oregon Conference all-star.

It's easier (to put together a team) in volleyball, because youdon't have to put in an offense that no one knows. I'll have to get my footworktogether and get my knees bent again.

The all-star series begins at 6 p.m. Friday at Chemeketa Community Collegein Salem and shifts to David Douglas High in Portland at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The all-stars are divided into Gray and Red teams, rather than State-Metro.Carrigan is on the Red team coached by Bruce Myers of Roseburg and Dan Borresenof McNary. The only other SOC representative is 1996 Player of the YearJoslynn Gallop of Roseburg.

After Saturday's match, it will be a while before Carrigan plays again.She won't play for Colorado Christian's nationally-ranked squad until the1998 season. But she'll dive right into basketball where, coach Lisa Parkeris rebuilding.

Parker found out about Carrigan while enquiring about Eagle Point's BeckyGregory this past spring. Dave Carrigan, the former Eagle Point athleticdirector, mentioned his daughter had yet to sign and one thing led to another.

God said (through a series of events) I don't want you going toall these other schools, Carrigan says. The door just openedfor me to go to Colorado Christian.

The school plays in the Rocky Mountain Conference.